Where Have They Gone?

The last few years, months, days seem to have flown by. Jam packed with activity, relationships, and some rest…the moments rapidly disappear.  So, where have those days gone?

Changes have taken place.

MOMD has officially retired from punching a clock and has been a whirling dervish-completing household things, exploring new creative endeavors, while remaining ever thoughtful and considerate of others.  A person who means the world to us went through a divorce. We got a new stove AND I bought a brand new set of pans (now THERE’S something that set your heart aflutter).  The de-cluttering quest continues.

At times I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I am privileged to enjoy. I’ve slowed down a bit. Not physically. if anything I am more active than I have been in decades. I’ve slowed down to pay attention to me and to others around me more (I think).   If I want to watch an episode of a tv program in the middle of the day, I do so.  Go for a swim at a friend’s? Yep, I’m there. Things I use to do quickly just to get them done take longer because the process is part of the task.

A road trip is planned in which we will stop and visit with friends we have not seen in almost 30 years. Laughter will abound but I have a feeling tears will be shed as well. We’ve lived a lot of life in the past few decades. We’re taking a road trip, not flying, so that we can visit people and places on the way to our “destination”.

I laugh at myself and the goofy things I do.  Sometimes I’m perplexed and saddened by the way that I still am able to so quickly criticize (at least in my mind) the actions of another without knowing his/her story.  I’d hoped to have left those attitudes in the past.

I write all this as a reminder to myself. Ever aware of how quickly the moments pass it still is a challenge to live in the present. Being tied down by regret of the past or fear of the future wastes the joy of the moment.

Thank you for reading. Speaking of time flying…this blog went active four years ago. Four years???? What has happened in your life these last 4 years?

Gratefulness matters!


  1. Pat says:

    I can hope that our group is part of your destination! We also have changed in the time we last saw you. It is true that I also can be distracted by seemingly small things while trying to do more “ important “ things, but, whose to say what is actually more important in the end? Enjoy every day you have to the fullest!

    • Cindi says:

      Hi Pat, OH YES! A breeze through the Windy City (and surrounding area) is DEFINITELY on the itinerary. Wouldn’t miss a change to see as many of you as possible! Remember last time I was there and there may have been a little dancing involved? Can’t wait to see you.

  2. Nancy says:

    How very cool Bruce is retired! You can do what you want to! Isn’t it strange we have to wait till we get older to do some of these things? Many of are not given the privilege of getting older! So run around on the merry go round and enjoy yourself! Love ya my little cousin!💕💕

  3. Sara says:

    Your blog always makes me smile. This one was a good reminder that I need to take time to appreciate the everyday things more. Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸

  4. Cathy Tellish says:

    So happy your MOMD retired. Enjoy your trip and
    savor the moments with family and friends. Thanks for writing this blog and reminding me to slow down and enjoy life instead of running through it which I usually do.

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